Early Mornings Lead To Early Hunger and Book Trailers.

It’s almost eleven o’clock.  My daughter, Aline, and I have been up since 5:30.

What have we done so far?

  • had breakfast (yumm, cereal)
  • mopped floor (yuck)
  • made bed (It’s so pretty!)
  • made menu for the week (Food, glorious food.)
  • spent several hours researching book trailers (Ah, the Internet…)

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? (Yawn)

So far, the conclusion I have come to about book trailers is that they are a weird sort of media. Though many of them are a convoluted mess of images and bad acting, some are actually interesting.

Highlight? Lemony Snicket: 12 Books in 120 Seconds – Narrated by Tim Curry.

It seems strange to create a visual advertisement for a book, but it is all part of marketing now.  So, over the next couple of months, Aline and I will be creating our own book trailer for my Undercity books.  My husband, Loni (www.lonimusic.com) and my son Jacob are writing and recording the music for it.  I’m excited to see what happens.

So, here’s my question.  Have you ever watched book trailers?  Has a book trailer ever caused you to buy a book?  If there’s one you think I might enjoy, send me the link in the comments below.

It’s been great to get up early and get so much done, but I don’t think I can make it to lunch without having a snack.   I should write more, but all I can think about is the leftover pizza in the fridge.  Ooh, there’ leftover cake too.  Both sound good.  Enjoy your day! Later, Kris




A Letter To New Year’s Resolutions

Dear New Year’s Resolutions,

Due to the undeniable winter need for cozy, I will not be starting you today.

One of my resolutions for this year was to be diligent about starting work.  When I made this New Year’s promise, I firmly envisioned myself getting up on time, eating a healthy breakfast, and taking all the other wonderfully disciplined steps which would lead me to my desk by 8:30 am ready to work.

Calvin and Hobbes New Year's Resolutions by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes New Year’s Resolutions by Bill Watterson

Well, it’s now 9:42 am, and I am curled up on the couch in a cocoon of blankets.  A pleasant fire burns in the fireplace and lazy snowflakes fall amid the trees outside my window.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the new year started in spring? Imagine if we set up our world so that everyone got December and January off with pay.  I know, not practical. What about the fact that the other half of the world is experiencing summer right now?  Plus, who’s going to hand out all that free money for nothing?  Hey, we’re dreaming here.  Dreams don’t have to be sensible.  It’s just a nice idea right now when the snow is deep and the blankets are warm.

Admit it, when you are snuggled in bed and the mornings are dark, such wishful thinking is easy.

However, somewhere under all my layers of warmth, a disciplined angel sits on my shoulder reminding me of my New Year’s Resolutions and all the amazing benefits which would come if I simply got up and got going.  And the angel is right.

I could make a list of these benefits, but that brings up words like efficiency and productivity, and they are just not cozy…or quiet.  After a busy holiday season (whoever said it was a holiday needs to look up the definition of the word), the solitude is soothing.

Tippie’s New Year’s Resolution is Sleep

So, New Year’s Resolutions, you will have to wait until my soul is fed. Don’t worry, it won’t take long.  Already the world is seeping into my quiet and the guinea pigs are hungry.  (Except for Tipper, who seems to be a kindred spirit.)

How about you?  How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

The Great Miracle

Mission Accomplished.

The impossible has happened.  Hell has frozen over, pigs are flying, and I have managed to create a website.

Welcome to my greatest achievement of 2015.

I’m serious.  Set me to writing 50 000 words in a month – sure.  Ask me to build a wall?  Give me a hammer.  But ask me to use a computer and you will be disappointed.  My computer history is not pretty.  I have the habit of losing files (no matter how many times I save them and back them up). Sites crash when I load them.  If this was Jurassic Park, I would be Alan Grant, confusing every electronic piece of equipment.

However, through sheer determination and endless swearing, I have managed to put together this website.  Please explore my new domain. I hope you like it.

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